J. H. CLIFTON, postmaster and notary public, Dycusburg, Crittenden County, was born in Montgomery, Tenn., April 4, 1835, to Miles W. and Mary J. (Walker) Clifton; the former a native of North Carolina, who settled in Tennessee about 1830, and the latter of Tennessee. J. H. Clifton is the eldest of a family of seven children, five of whom are living, four in Kentucky, and one in Missouri. At the age of eighteen years, he was apprenticed to the blacksmith trade, and continued thereat for fifteen years. On account of failing health he quit the business, and embarked in general merchandising at Dycusburg in 1871, and has continued at his present location ever since, and is now one of the leading business men of this region. He served two years as deputy sheriff of Crittenden County, and has served also as marshal and police judge of Dycusburg. Since July 1, 1881, he has served as postmaster at Dycusburg; he was commissioned a notary public in December, 1882. May 20, 1863, he led to the altar Mary J. McLarney, daughter of Thomas and Ann McLarney, natives of Ireland. She has borne the following-named children: Thomas G., born December 20, 1864; Mary J., born November 20, 1866, now the wife of George M. Yancey; Alma A., born November 26, 1868; James L., born July 16, 1872; Margaret A., February 27, 1875; William G., September 30, 1877: Laly J., June 14, 1881; Cora A., March 25, 1884. Mr. and Mrs. Clifton are members of the Christian Church, and he is a member of the Masonic fraternity.


Source:  J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin, & G. C. Kniffin. Kentucky. A History of the State. Louisville, KY, Chicago, IL: Battey, 1885. Page 723.